Pediatric Neurology

Sites: MGH
Director(s): David Dredge, Alberto Puig, Kevin Staley
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This clerkship is designed to give students an in-depth experience in child neurology. During the 4 week block, the clerk will primarily work directly with the pediatric neurology inpatient consult service. This team typically consists of one pediatric neurology resident, one adult neurology resident and the neurology attending on service. The consult team sees patients in the pediatric wards, neonatal intensive care unit, newborn nursery, pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department, affording the clerk exposure to a variety of levels of acuity and the breadth of disease in child neurology. Scheduled educational activities include the Monday morning outpatient conference, Tuesday morning neuroradiology rounds, Tuesday afternoon case conference, Thursday morning Neurology Grand Rounds, Thursday afternoon chief rounds and Friday core neurology noon conference. Other elective educational opportunities include Neurology noon conferences (daily), pediatric and adult epilepsy surgery conferences, and Friday morning neuropathology conference. A weekly schedule of events and topics is updated by the pediatric neurology chief residents. Clerks will spend time in the general neurology resident clinic weekly. Based on the student´┐Żs interest, there are opportunities to attend clinic in several subspecialties, including pediatric multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, leukodystrophies, neuromuscular disorders, tuberous sclerosis, neurogenetics, Angelman syndrome, mitochondrial disorders, learning disorders and neurofibromatosis. The clerk will meet once weekly with the course director to review his or her experience on the rotation and provide feedback. These meetings are not structured and can be used to review a case, the pediatric neurological exam, discuss a written history and physical examination or for any other purpose desired by the rotating clerk.